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Friday 9 October 2015

Kempton has got a lot to Like about The Night

By Nick Grant

Published 03/01/2012

Like The Night should be able to open her account in the Free Entry For Betdaq Members Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Kempton tomorrow.

Second on both of her previous outings, the Byron filly chased home an above-average type on debut and handled the step up to six furlongs well enough last time, but just came up short.

Marco Botti's inmate still showed signs of greenness on that occasion so hopefully there should be a bit more improvement to come as she learns more about the job.

A return to something like the form he showed in the summer should enable the Andrew Balding-trained Kakatosi to win the Betdaq Mobile Apps Conditions Stakes.

He looked a really promising type in the summer of 2010 but found winning harder last season.

Nevertheless, he managed to finish second to Beacon Lodge in a Listed race at Haydock last May, and maybe bettered that when a close second to Sir Henry Cecil's smart filly Chachamaidee at York.

He was beaten just a length in a conditions race at Lingfield last month, a run which suggests his turn is not far away again.

Kevin Ryan's Bapak Pintar was placed in three maidens in the summer and makes his debut in open company in the Racing Handicap.

Third at Ayr on debut, second to the useful Mehdi at Ripon and third at Beverley, the Royal Applause colt is obviously useful.

Mick Easterby's Dicky Mint has not quite fulfilled the promise of his first few runs, but is surely capable of taking advantage of a falling mark in the Dry Hill Handicap at Lingfield.

Lets Get Serious could be pretty smart, and should take all of the beating in the Epds Consultants “Saving Developers Money” Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon.

A Cheltenham bumper winner last season, he opened his account over hurdles at Fontwell in a decent little race.

Having bungled the last, the Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old showed class to quickly assert and could even be Cheltenham Festival material.

Henderson's Eradicate should be suited by the tight track at Southwell in the Membership of Southwell Golf Club Novices' Chase.

Smart enough to twice win the Swinton Hurdle, he has already shown similar ability over fences.

Touched off on his chasing debut at Sandown, the had no trouble opening his account at Doncaster.

Not disgraced by any means in Grade One company behind the high-class Al Ferof in the Henry VIII, he still had every chance turning into the straight.

There is nothing of that calibre in this contest and he looks to have a straightforward task.


HUNTINGDON: 12.30 Lets Get Serious, 1.00 American Cricket, 1.30 Ministry, 2.00 Giordano Bruno, 2.30 Chord, 3.00 Grand Vision, 3.30 Juhd.

KEMPTON: 4.00 LIKE THE NIGHT (NAP), 4.30 Leenavesta, 5.00 Valdan, 5.30 Kakatosi, 6.00 Meet Joe Black, 6.30 Hecton Lad, 7.00 Bapak Pintar.

LINGFIELD: 12.50 Ezra Church, 1.20 Henry Clay, 1.50 Marvo, 2.20 Ariyfa, 2.50 Magilini, 3.20 Dicky Mint, 3.50 Kenswick.

SOUTHWELL: 12.40 Eradicate, 1.10 Battle Group, 1.40 Nemetan, 2.10 Spot The Ball, 2.40 Maison Brillet, 3.10 Charlie Wingnut, 3.40 I Shot The Sheriff.

DOUBLE: Like The Night and Kakatosi (both Kempton).

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